GHS Drama Club presents “Kiss Me, Kate”

Geneva High School Drama Club’s production of “Kiss Me, Kate,” the musical comedy masterpiece by composer Cole Porter and authors Sam and Bella Spewack, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on March 27 and 28, and at 2 on Sunday, March 29 in the school’s auditorium, 101 Carter Rd. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. They are available in Geneva at Area Records & Music, the Smith Opera House, the high school office during school hours, or by calling 315-781-5483.Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, “Kiss Me, Kate” recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding romantic couples during a touring production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs — including “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “Wunderbar,” “So in Love,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” — “Kiss Me, Kate” epitomizes the Broadway musical comedy at its irresistible best. Directed by Kevin Schoonover with musical direction by Christine Sauter and choreography by Nina Franzino, this version stars Adrian Cowles and Grace Pilet as “Fred Graham”/”Petruchio” and “Lilli Vanessi”/”Katharine Minola,” and Jonathan Garcia and Nina Pitifer as “Bill Calhoun”/”Lucentio” and “Lois Lane”/”Bianca Minola,” the bickering couples whose offstage disputes ultimately entangle them with a trio of unexpectedly erudite gangsters (Michael Rosa, Jomar Velez and Evan Christmas) and a megalomaniacal U.S. Army general (Sean Dolan).The supporting cast includes Katrina Amberg as “Hattie,” Lilli’s dresser, and Mason Clark as “Paul,” Fred’s dresser, Josh Jones as “Gremio,” Peter Henry as “Hortensio,” and Zachary Jones as “Harry”/”Baptista Minola.” Juliet Garcia plays “Marge,” the stage manager, Joey Davis is “Pops,” the stage doorman, Allison Chapin is “Wardrobe Lady,” Charlotte Adams Brooks is “Dance Captain”/”Haberdasher,” and Cassie Snyder, Molly DeMatties, and Allauna Overstreet are “Stagehands.” Melinda Guaba portrays “Padua Inn Waitress,” Gloria Merced is “Gloria,” and Carmella Gentile-Rondon is “Philippa.” The chorus is comprised of Christine Balistreri, Courtney Biehls, Lea Blake, Rebecca Caster, Delaney Higgins, Abby Lindberg, Kat McKorkle, Kristen McNicholas, Mary Salotti, Julie Wallwork, and Annie Wilsey.Cole Porter’s most successful musical, the original production of “Kiss Me, Kate” opened on Broadway at the New Century Theatre on December 30, 1948 and ran for 1,077 performances. It garnered five Tony Awards in 1949, the same number the revival claimed in 2000.Bruce Purdy is the technical director and Luann Preston-Wilsey is the costume designer with assistance from Karen Amberg. Mary Schoonover is the assistant to the director and stage manager. Alex Biehls serves on the production’s stage crew.Call 315-781-5483 for details including group discounts or to contribute to GHS Drama Club — all plays and musicals at the high school are expected to be self-sustaining and are not included in the annual operating budget.

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